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Print of the Decoration on a Greek Ceramic, showing Leto fleeing the Python with Apollo and Artemis Kaeppelin et Compagnie

  • Curator’s description:

    Description

    The lithograph shows Leto, clutching the infant Apollo and Artemis, as she flees the Python, coiled amongst the rocks on the left. The print reproduces the decoration of a red-figure ceramic from the Hamilton collection. It was plate I in the second volume of Lenormant and de Witte's "Elite des monuments céramographiques", published in 1857. It was presumably taken from Ruskin's copy of the work now preserved in the Ruskin Library (inventory no. 1996B2621), which is missing many of its plates.

    The print was first catalogued by Ruskin in 1871, when it appeared as no. 127 in the Educational Series, entitled "The Python. Latona, Apollo, and Artemis", placed in Case VIII, "Elementary Zoology". It was framed together with another plate of Leto, Apollo and Artemis fleeing the Python, also from Lenormant and de Witte. It remained in the same position, although renumbered as no. 177, in the 1874 catalogue of the series, but does not appear in Ruskin's 1878 reorganisation of the series.

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    Kaeppelin et Compagnie (active c. 1839 - c. 1860) (printer)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over lithograph on wove paper
    Dimensions
    162 x 277 mm (plate); 221 x 324 mm (sheet)
    Inscription
    All printed, just outside the border of the image:
    top left: T.II.
    top right: PL. I.
    bottom left: Lith. de Kaeppelin et Cie

    Recto, manuscript:
    just beside the top right corner of the image, in ink, running down the page: R
    top centre, in graphite: A at top

    Verso:
    bottom right, in graphite: E177
    top right, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.ED.177.b
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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 127

    Lenormant, Charles, and Jean de Witte, Elite des monuments céramographiques: Matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité, 4 vols in 8 (Paris: Leleux, 1844-1861), vol. II, pl. I

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 177

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 177

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

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